BLOG: Ryan Smyth out for tonight
Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins did not have Ryan Smyth on a line at morning skate and during his pre-game media availability he confirmed that Smyth won't play tonight.
"Ryan's not going to play tonight," Eakins began. "Believe me, I've got my eyes set on about four or five of our forwards right now. I could have my pick of any one of them.
"I've challenged those guys to be better. The reason it's Ryan is I knew he would handle it professionally. I knew he wouldn't go into a dark place with it because he's such a good leader and teammate and he understands the process."
Eakins added that other players have been put on warning that they could be next out of the lineup.
"If we don't have some other players pick up their game and do it quickly, they'll be out of the lineup. I've already warned the players about this. It doesn't matter to me what the fan base thinks of you. You have to compete. You have to have results. If you're not, you're going to be held accountable."